West Virginia Senate Candidates Troofers
I like the lede, even though it's only half right:
Republican businessman John Raese pitched himself as a man of the right; Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin put himself forward as a man of the commonsense middle; Mountain Party candidate Jesse Johnson, the candidate of the state's Green Party affiliate, was a man of the left; and Constitution Party candidate Jeff Becker was a man of the loony bin.
And indeed, Becker exposes himself as a crackpot:
Becker's sole standout moment, other than his rambling opening statement about repealing the direct election of Senators, came when he was asked about his position on the war in Afghanistan.
Becker's long and off-topic answer had little to do with Afghanistan itself -- but was a long discussion of 9/11 Truther conspiracy theories, involving the alleged organized demolitions of the Twin Towers and the 7 World Trade Center building, the foreknowledge of this by the BBC, and the buildings' owners taking out special insurance policies for the contrived terrorist attack. "The only way for the official story to make sense is if the laws of physics had changed that day," said Becker.. "And I'm an engineer, I can tell you they did not."
But as it turns out, the "man of the left" is also a man of the nutbars:
Mountain Party nominee Jesse Johnson told The Associated Press that he is also not convinced that hijacked airliners caused the collapse of buildings at the World Trade Center.
Calling 9/11 a crime of the century, Johnson said it has never been investigated. He discounts the work of the bipartisan commission that issued a 585-page report on the attacks in 2004.